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This paper delves into Australia's new national curriculum, and its likely impact on standard and special education in the country. The paper refers to readings of various literature articles, journals, on-line sources, and curriculum documents. The paper discusses the importance of Aboriginal studies, a fundamental and necessary area of study, but asserts that for true cultural inclusiveness, the study of other community cultures should also be encouraged throughout schooling. The author opines that risk exists of the system being assessment-driven and overly controlled by the government, but it will be useful in eliminating uneven standards across Australia. The paper concludes that benefits of a new national curriculum can include a common framework, consistent standards that meet the needs of all children, efficient approaches to assessment and the curriculum is informative to meet the needs of society.
From the Paper:"The new National Curriculum allows schools to retain History, English, Maths and Science, as one of the four original Key Learning Areas (KLA's) upon which the curriculum will be built, of these four subjects History faces the sternest test in becoming consolidated as a bedrock KLA, (Joel., 2010). Whilst looking at four teachers and their views on the new National Curriculum, The English teacher concludes that overall, the national curriculum will not end the current debates surrounding the teaching of English in Australia, but perhaps navigates a way around them, (Kelly, 2010). The science teacher looked at the aims of the Australian curriculum and thinks they are admirable but the capacity of what is presented in the draft to achieve those aims remains questionable, (Stephens, 2010). The math's teacher believes that it is not a curriculum that can be adopted instantly but it will need to be a carefully considered, well resourced and phased timeline for implementation, (Lowe, 2010). The history teacher said "there is perhaps too much emphasis on content and not enough recognition of the time it takes to explore the areas of history that are recommended" (Bishop, 2010, p.g.1)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2010). ACARA, Curriculum Development Process. Retrieved August 28th, 2010 from:http://www.acara.edu.au
- Birch, E. (2010). Indigenous perspectives in the Australian Curriculum. The Journal of Teacher Learning Network. 17(2).
- Bishop, K., Stephens, S., Kelly, T., & Lowe. J. (2010 March 1st). Teachers air their views on national curriculum. Courier Mail. Retrieved September 4th, 2010 from: http://www.couriermail.com.au
- Harrison, D. (2010, March 2nd). 'Black armband' view risks national curriculum. The Age retrieved September 1st, 2010 from: http://theage.com.au
- Craven, R. (1999). Teaching Aboriginal Studies. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
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The New National Curriculum in Australia (2010, November 02) Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/the-new-national-curriculum-in-australia-145308/
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